Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

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Be Thankful for our Region's Bounty with a Locavore Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:00 am to Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension Center
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Incorporating local foods into your Thanksgiving meal is a great way to thank our region's growers and producers for all they do to make this one of the most fiscally robust agricultural areas in New York State. Hope Galens, Local Food Educator with CCE Ontario will be leading a class on doing just that. This hands-on class will show you what items are available to source locally, where to find them and how to prepare them. The class will feature recipe ideas using locally produced gourmet items such as Verjooz, Stonybrook Oils and Iroquois White Corn. We will also use seasonal, locally grown foods and prepare a stuffing, biscuits, cornbread and a seasonal vegetable side dish. We will sample our creations at the end of the class.

Class fee: $15.00 per person

Pre-registration is required by October 27, 2014 by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Pawpaw Production Workshop
Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vince's Park
At the intersection of Rt 318 and Rts. 5 & 20
Seneca Falls, NY

Have you ever thought of growing pawpaws? Pawpaw is a native fruit with a tropical fruit-like flavor that has been described as a cross between a banana, mango and pine-apple. They are rarely found in markets because the fruit is easily damaged when ripe.

The workshop will cover various topics related to growing pawpaws including pawpaw management, site selection and sourcing pawpaw trees.

Steven Gabriel, from The Cornell Small Farms Program and owner of Wellspring Forest Farm in Mecklenburg, NY will be the presenter. Steve has recently co-authored a book called “Farming the Woods” with Cornell professor Ken Mudge.

Fee: $15.00 per farm or family

You can register online at: Seneca County Cooperative Extension or contact Derek by email or by phone: 315-539-9251.

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2014 Calf and Heifer Congress
"Birth to Breeding"

December 10-11, 2014
RIT Inn and Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467 (located off Exit 46 of New York State Thruway

Topics include:
December 10: Pre-conference Evening Program & Panel Discussion:
• How to Raise Calves Successfully on Automatic Calf Feeders
Jan Ziemerink, Forster-Technik North America. Jan is passionate about robotic feeding systems and their benefit to calves. He has over twenty years of experience with this technology and group raised calves from his work in Europe and North America.
• Facilitated Q&A interaction between Jan Ziemerink and the audience.

Conference, December 11:
• Using Knowledge of Calf Behavior to Reduce Stress, Improve Weaning Success and Performance
Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
• Calving Management – Training, Procedures and Calf Challenges
Dr. Mark Thomas, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Dairy Health & Management Services
• Research Updates
• Respiratory Disease – Assessment and Impact
Dr. Terri Ollivett, University of Wisconsin
• Advances in Heifer Nutrition
Dr. Fernando Soberon, Shur-Gain USA
• Heifer Reproduction Programs, Technologies and Economics
Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University
• Genetic Reproductive Traits – Using Genomics and Daughter Pregnancy Rates
Dr. Kim Egan, CRI-Genex with a moderated producer/presenter panel discussion to follow
• Facilitated Panel Discussion on Heifer Reproduction Speakers
Invited Producers and Audience

Fee:
Pre-Conference Dinner/Program and Conference (Full Day) is $225.00 by November 28, 2014.
After November 28 fee is $275.00.
Pre-Conference Dinner/Program is $60.00
Conference (Full Day) is $165.00 by November 28, 2014.
After November 28 fee is $215.00
One copy of the conference proceedings, breaks and meals are included with registration.
To Register on-line

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